Ramona Jennex held an open house at her constituency office a week or so ago. Apparently LOTS and LOTS of people were there. Just not the right people. It was a hug in.
This video interview is enlightening. Kirk Staratt indicates a number of issues in Kings South which he thought were of concern including the future of Wolfville school, the layoffs at ACA, and farm land use issues which attendees at the open house might have brought up. But apparently those many people who attended didn’t have any issues.
Most of issues I am hearing are celebratory issues..
She mentions the funding for the farm market and how happy everyone was with that. That tells us exactly who was there, that there weren’t any real farmers at the open house. And it tells us that perhaps Ramona didn’t see all the negative comments about this expenditure of taxpayer money, how it doesn’t really help farmers or other businesses, scathing remarks which appeared following the online article in the CH (link has expired sadly)
And the concerns about the school? People were “very assured” that the issue would be taken care of by the school board.
“I’m not hearing any concerns at this point… I’m hearing optimism… people knowing there is a process in place and this process is being applied. “
And it appears there weren’t any ACA workers at the open house either or they were mute.
“I didn’t hear anyone talk today about ACA …
Today, I didn’t hear any really big concerns,” she said. “It was actually more of a celebration today, and I was really glad to hear that.
Kirk insists on talking about real issues – so what about agricultural land issues and development pressures. Her thoughts? She refers to a Committee. She couldn’t remember the names but Kirk must have looked them up to put in the text article accompanying the video.
...the new Agricultural Land Review Committee …. Jennex said she was happy to be able to name two members to the committee, which includes Rick Williams of Salt Springs, Pictou County; and John Van de Reit of Shubenacadie, Hants County; Bill Swetnam of Centreville, Kings County; Patricia Bishop of Port Williams, Kings County; and Lise LeBlanc of Newport, Hants County. …
“They’re meeting with people across Nova Scotia looking at the issue of land,” she said. “When they come back with their recommendations, the Department of Agriculture and myself will be looking at those recommendations.”
What is the most challenging issue, Kirk asks.
” time …I don’t want to use the words issues. I want to use the word projects…. The forward thinking of people in Kings South is unbelievable … I brag about this all the time…. for example in Wolfville, the town just gave away land for Habitat for Humanity. …”
There you go. Bring forward your favorite charity and the taxpayer will shell out for it.
“They are very progressive here in Kings South.”
Town builders obviously. The rest aren’t heard from.